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Full time | Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London | 1 year | 18-JAN-21

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Broadcasting Studies Script Writing

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media offers a vocational training in writing drama across a range of different media contexts.

Both the MA and MFA courses provide the opportunity for you to develop the core competencies and skills of the dramatist, to explore your ‘voice’, to develop your confidence in your own writing and to understand the different media contexts within which you might work as a professional scriptwriter.

Train to write drama for different media including theatre, film, television and radio
Study the history of dramatic writing and explore its future
Work with actors and be taught by industry professionals

In the past, students have also had the opportunity to study optional units on writing within other contexts, for example, writing with, and for, communities (in collaboration with the MA Applied Theatre).

Key features of the course

Practice-based enquiry into techniques and processes for writing for stage and screen;
A series of writing projects engaging with different styles and media formats;
Research into dramatic writing techniques and issues of performance in relation to theatre, cinema, television, radio and other relevant contexts.


You will be assessed through peer assessment, scriptwriting assignments, essays, presentations, critical reflection on your own writing and, for the MFA, the submission of a professional development portfolio.


This unit aims to examine key features of dramatic writing such as structure, dramatic action, narrative, character, dialogue and rhythm, setting and tone; explore the differences between writing for stage, screen, television and radio; analyse your writing and the writing of others; undertake the writing exercises in Unit 4: Principles of Dramatic Writing 2 and Units 5&6: Micro-Dramas.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of literary and/or performance and drama studies; or a first degree and sufficient experience of either writing or drama practice; or have appropriate professional experience; or can otherwise demonstrate your potential to undertake this form of postgraduate study successfully. An offer will normally only be made after interview.